A Midsummer Night's Dream

February 7

April 8, 2012

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Gary Griffin

Critical Acclaim

“Highly Recommended! Inspired 'Midsummer' twist would make The Bard cheer! A brilliant concept, and you could not dream of more ideal casting.”

“Griffin's fast-paced and lively new production is stocked with top-tier actors and filled with inventive ideas and images. ”

      Captivating..certain to pack in audiences eager for fun and romance. This production casts its own original spell of delight [making this] ticket a must-have before the curtain fall.”

“Director Gary Griffin is one of Chicago's foremost transformers of donkey's ears into peaseblossom purses ever, and when an audience enjoys itself as enthusiastically as that who cheered and applauded each individual episode in this 400-year-old fable, there can be no doubt that Griffin's revitalizing wizardry has triumphed once again.

        This show charms with frolicsome fun, witty precision and non-stop laughs. Gary Griffin masterfully actualizes every possible comedic element. A wildly innovative romp in the woods.”

     Griffin, an actors' director of the first water, has found the right people to make the right moves. ”

      Director Gary Griffin's bold, psychologically layered and enchanting take on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' [is] superbly cast. It's headlong, hilarious fun that abounds in creative wit. A midwinter's charm, as seamless, beguiling and swift as it is lusty, imaginative and funny.”

“In this production of one of Shakespeare's best-known comedies, every moment feels new. There is not one false note in Chicago Shakes' gorgeous, expansive, warm-hearted production. The talented cast approaches Shakespeare's play with overflowing energy and wit.”

“Highly recommended! Fabulous cast performs with zest and flair. Griffin has cast the cream of Chicago’s impressive list of classical players. 'Midsummer' rollicks with cleverness and verve. A family-friendly comedy that is a perfect first Shakespeare experience for young folks.”

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